2022-08-31 E-Edition

Parish Picnic

St. Leo the Great held its annual Parish Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the event center, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. The event featured free food with purchase of beer or wine, a car show, gift basket raffle, silent action, 50/50 cash raffle, activities for children, a bounce house, meat raffle and cornhole tournament.

Schools prepare for relaxed COVID guidelines

As parents and school administrators prepare for another school year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health and Department of Education have significantly relaxed their COVID-19 mandates. In a letter to school districts dated Aug. 22, Mary T. Bassett, NYSDOH commissioner of health, and Betty Rosa, NYSED commissioner of education, said, “As […]

Sweet Home reports new tax rates, back-to-school updates

Homeowners will see an increase to their tax bill this year. During the Sweet Home Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 23, Donald Feldmann, director of finance and plant services, provided a tax rate update for the 2022-23 school year. Equalization rates will have an effect on Amherst and Tonawanda school taxes. In Amherst, the equalization rate decreased to […]

Amherst School Board agrees to scope of proposed $68.7 million capital project

The Amherst School Board agreed to the scope of a proposed $68.7 million capital project at its Aug. 23 meeting. The project would need voter approval on Dec. 13. Rishawn Sonubi from Young and Wright Architectural said the district held a series of user group meetings to determine the educational needs of each building. He said the focus was on […]


– The Williamsville Fire Department responded to a Modern Disposal garbage truck on fire Aug. 26 on Hopkins Road just north of Sheridan Drive. No injuries were reported. Pictured are Capt. Jim Zymanek on the line and Assistant Chief Mike Vogel.

Amherst Town Board paves way for Mill/Sheridan rezone

The Amherst Town Board approved a rezoning of a parcel of land at the corner of Mill Street and Sheridan Drive to make way for commercial buildings and a three-story apartment building at its Aug. 22 board meeting. The request was to rezone 1.75 acres at the southeast corner of Sheridan Drive and Mill Street from MS or Motor Service […]

Girl Scout leader pleads guilty for sexual abuse in Amherst

Marty M. Walton, 33, of North Tonawanda pleaded guilty Aug. 24 before State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges to one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree (Class “B” violent felony) and two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree (Class “D” violent felonies). Between March 27, 2020 and May 9, 2020, Walton engaged in sexual […]

Country Parkway PTA receives two national distinctions

The Country Parkway Elementary Parent-Teacher Association has received two national awards, which helped them to identify and correct previously unidentifiable gaps in family-school partnerships. The school’s PTA received the School of Excellence Award, which qualified them to also receive the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family School Partnership Award, the highest honor in the program nationally. The School Safety Excellence Award […]

Schools need support staff

Bee Editorial

You’re 5 years old. You wake up for your first day of school, smile for the camera as Mom and Dad snap photos, then feel your stomach fluttering with nerves, excitement, maybe a bit of both as a driver or aide welcomes you onto a big yellow bus. That’s the person who will see you safely to school that morning. […]